Kirsten is a qualified Community Development worker who has worked in a wide variety of community based organisations including the City Farm movement and Prisons with young people leaving custody. Kirsten has an MSc in Research and has taught in Higher Education for the last 10 years. Kirsten currently teaches Working in the Community, Evaluating Quality, Health and Social Care in Context and delivers the series of short courses on Intentional Communities. She is currently undertaking her PhD which is an ethnographic study of an established UK Community.
My research focuses on the formation, lived experience and the experimentality of intentional communities. I am particularly interested in the ways in which intentional communities foster and engage with social and practical experiments and testing ways of living which can potentially influence wider social practices. This work includes a focus upon the process that enable experimentality, and the way in which being ‘alternative’ can facilitate and action utopian thoughts and ideas. I am also the lead for the
Intentional Communities research group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
'Reality Bites: A discourse analysis of intentional communities'.
NCVO Research conference. November 2015.
'Do intentional communities have a role to play in our housing future'? Housing Studies Association Conference. February 2016.
'Women in intentional Communities'. International Women’s Day, Cardiff Metropolitan University. March 2017.
The Story of Ted – using TED talks to engage students in informal learning contexts. Cardiff Met Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. June 2017.
Meeting myself coming back – the ever decreasing circles of ethnographic reflexivity. Cardiff Met Post Graduate Conference. May 2018.
Creating community; is there a magic formula? 3rd Intentional Communities Symposium. July 2018.
Desperately seeking Utopia: The use of Prefigurative language by communards seeking others to create intentional communities. 19th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Tarragona, Spain. 9 – 12th July 2018.